Are you a manager? This book is about getting results. It contains step by step instructions, examples, and case studies to help you get traction in your organization. Learn how to create powerful plans and then use those plans to delegate with a clear line of sight so it is obvious what matters. In Action with Traction, Ron describes how to look at your existing work in order to identify your implicit strategies and goals, and how to then challenge what you are doing in order to get the best results. He explains how to keep control of a large volume of delegated work and introduces a simple approach for establishing a performance scorecard designed to guide progress. He provides valuable but simple to use forms to keep projects and processes moving in the right direction and presents a methodology for rapidly improving work. He concludes the book with a chapter on managing change, wrapping up the tools needed in order to get traction from action.
Ron Sarazin is the President of Olympic Performance, Inc. and CEO of Process Path, Inc. Ron graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University (OSU) and has completed advanced training at the University of Idaho and Stanford University. Ron has 33 years professional experience. He has held leadership or officer positions with the Aluminum Company of America, PACCAR (owner of Peterbilt and Kenworth Class 8 truck manufacturing companies), Portland General Electric, and Mutual Health Systems, Inc. In 1991, he launched Olympic Performance, Inc. In 1999 he and Bob Dietrich launched Process Path, Inc.to develop a SAAS computer service designed to support the recommendations in this book Ron is an accomplished author and trainer on all aspects of corporate performance management. He is an adjunct professor at Portland State University and Chemeketa Community College, and provides training and consulting directly through his two companies. Ron is also an experienced presenter and facilitator. For example, he was keynote presenter to over 500 franchisees of the Papa Murphy's company and to the Alaska Telephone Association. He has facilitated strategic planning and operations planning for for-profit and non-profit leadership teams, and helped many teams at all levels in a wide variety of organizations challenged with differing priorities and personality conflicts become functional and effective. Active in his community and profession, Ron is Chair of the Washington County Community Action Organization and a member of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (OSU). He has been chairman of the Clackamas County Budget Committee, vice-president of the TTS Youth Competitive Soccer Club, and chair of the Tualatin Americans with Disabilities Act Board. He is a former elected official for the Tualatin City Council and served on the Tualatin Budget Committee, Tualatin Development Commission, Washington County Cooperative Library System Board, and Tualatin Core Area Parking Board. He is past chair of the Tualatin Architectural Review Board and past president and director of the Portland Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He served as girls' junior varsity soccer coach for Tigard High School for three years and continues to coach competitive youth soccer for Southside Soccer club, headquartered in Tigard, Oregon.